Recent Stories on Sparks

October 14, 2014
Swearer Center
October 7, 2014

Every week, Brown Market Shares is growing a local food movement by bringing a variety of vegetables, meat, dairy, and bread from farmers and businesses across Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts to College Hill.

Tom Sullivan
October 2, 2014

Katie is a senior double concentrating in Computational Biology and Gender and Sexuality Studies and is a Community Fellow for Algebra in Motion.

Katie Byron
October 2, 2014
Swearer Center
September 30, 2014
How A Small State Makes Local Food Possible

Have you tasted a local tomato lately? Shopped at a farmers market, or taken a nutrition education class? For many Rhode Islanders, the answer is yes, thanks to Farm Fresh Rhode Island. In the ten years since it was founded, Farm Fresh Rhode Island has turned one state into a thriving healthy food system – and an example of success for a nation recognizing the need to go local. 

Liza Yeager
September 26, 2014

Eric Bai '15.5 is a Social Innovation Fellow working on TextUp, a text messaging platform seeking to improve the outcomes of people served by social service providers through better communication. Get in touch at eric@textup.co for information and if you'd like to help out!

Eric Bai
September 22, 2014

Michal Clayton worked at D'Abate Elementary School in Olneyville for five weeks this summer as a teacher at D'Abate Summer Camp. 

Michal Clayton
September 22, 2014

In 2012, 440 students did not graduate in the Providence School District. Last year Billy Watterson, a senior on the Brown Wrestling team, established a local chapter of Beat the Streets, a national movement to bring wrestling programs to urban middle schools across the country. In less than one year, Beat the Streets PVD has built teams in five Providence schools. I attended the final summer practice at Gilbert Stuart Middle School to see why so many kids are taking to the mat.

Tom Sullivan
September 18, 2014

Rocco Hidalgo is a College Advising Corps (CAC) Advisor. The CAC is an AmeriCorps program housed within the Swearer Center, which seeks to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education. 

Rocco Hidalgo
September 18, 2014

Reflections from 40+ Community Fellows - student leaders of the Swearer Center's Providence Community Partnerships - written at their September retreat. 

"Share with your lunch group the motivation for why you are compelled to do this work and why it’s important from a perspective of equity and access. Then, distill your motivations into anonymous statements of 20 words or fewer."

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